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Cooking with Obama

I didn’t know that President Obama knows how to make South Asian food. From an interview with Dawn of Pakistan apparently overlooked by the American media: I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I was still in college; was in Karachi and went ...

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I didn't know that President Obama knows how to make South Asian food. From an interview with Dawn of Pakistan apparently overlooked by the American media:

I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I was still in college; was in Karachi and went to Hyderabad. Their mothers taught me to cook," said Mr Obama.

I didn’t know that President Obama knows how to make South Asian food. From an interview with Dawn of Pakistan apparently overlooked by the American media:

I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I was still in college; was in Karachi and went to Hyderabad. Their mothers taught me to cook,” said Mr Obama.

“What can you cook?”

“Oh, keema … daal … You name it, I can cook it. And so I have a great affinity for Pakistani culture and the great Urdu poets.”

I think half the country would be amazed and half the country appalled by this. Can you imagine President Bush saying such a thing?

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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